Before we talk about ways to reduce humidity, let’s talk about what indoor humidity can do.  This issues vary from very minor to more major:

  • Frizzy hair and slipping make-up. Not the end of the world, but definitely irritating
  • Deodorant doesn’t work as well. Not only will you be sweating more from the humidity, but your deodorant won’t mask the smell of it
  • Speaking of smell, it can increase the smell of animals (perpetual wet dog smell)
  • The air feels more wet, because it is more wet.  This can make it harder for your body to cool down because your sweat isn’t evaporating
  • Sleeping at night can be more difficult

Those are the more minor issues, let’s talk about some of the more major and possibly dangerous effects of indoor humidity:

  • The wood in your home expands. In the short term, it’s annoying that doors get stuck, if for a prolonged amount of time, it can cause the wood to deteriorate.
  • Hot and humid is the ideal situation for mold spores to grow.
    • Mildew, a type of mold, can ruin fabrics by staining it or breaking it down causing tears.
  • Oxidation and rusting occurs at a much faster rate.  Humidity is a catalyst for these chemical reactions, causing faster rates of deterioration.

So now that you know some of the effects of humidity in your home, you’re probably thinking, well what can I do to fix it?  Easy, there are many natural solutions to this problem.

First suggestion would be to increase air flow.  Air flow can be increased by opening windows and letting a breeze in, however, if it’s humid outside, it might be better to use a fan.  Increased airflow allows air to evaporate easier.  You can also use your air conditioner set to the “dry” mode, this will decrease moisture, which can help with cooling your home.  If you do use your A/C, make sure you have fresh, un-clogged filters.  Using clogged filters decreases airflow and therefore negates using the A/C.

You can prevent producing indoor humidity in a few ways.  Try to shorten your showers, long showers produce more steam, which means more humidity.  If doing laundry, hang dry your clothes outdoors.  Even dryers that vent to the outside can produce humidity indoors.  Lastly, for indoor plants, cover up their soil so that they don’t add unnecessary humidity.  It’ll be better for them too because it’ll take a longer amount of time for their soil to dry up.

Now, if the humidity in your home is just completely unbearable, you can invest in a dehumidifier.  They range from simple plug in systems that can be moved from room to room, to whole house dehumidifiers that are linked up with your HVAC.  If you are leaning towards to whole house option, it’s important to talk to an HVAC expert so that they can find the right solution for you.

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